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17 January 2009

See Sutton House, Hackney's oldest house

Sutton House is a Grade II* listed tudor house on Homerton High Street in Hackney. It is now open to the public and also houses a museum, cafe, art gallery and gift shop.

Built in 1535, and home to counless generations since then, it was acquired by the National Trust in the 1930s and used as a fire warden centre until the 1980s.

Following the departure of the fire wardens, it was taken over by squatters who used it as a community centre and live music venue. When they were finally evicted, the National Trust set about restoring the house in keeping with it's Tudor heritage and it opened as a full-blown National Trust property in 1991.

If you would like to visit, Sutton House is open 12.30-4.30pm Thursday-Sunday, from 1st February to 21st December. It costs £2.80. For more information visit the website.

^Picture from flickr courtesy of Bunch & Duke ^

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